Orlando City U-23 just got an enormous boost. They have signed 17-year-old defender Nicolas Russo.
Russo has been training with the U.S. men’s youth national teams since age 10. At age 12, he was recruited to join the youth development systems of Argentina. In 2008, he moved into the Boca Juniors youth system, the producers of Diego Maradona.
He spent some time with Central Florida Kraze last year, playing 22 minutes over two matches at age 16. He scored one goal and one assist. The goal was the lone goal in a win over FC Jax Destroyers on June 10. Adrian Heath himself had praise for Russo, saying, “he was playing and training with grown men and was not out of his depth.”
Certainly will be some interesting times in 2012. And who knows? Maybe he’ll see a little time with the big club this year. My understanding is that the new U-23 site will launch with the coming re-launch of the Orlando City website, which should occur soon. Pieces of the new website are already coming into place. Hopefully at that time we will learn the U-23 schedule and where they will play. (Please, no more convoluted doubleheaders at the Citrus Bowl.)